October 22, 2004
HOUSE COUNSELOR CHARGED WITH NEGLECT OF A VULNERABLE ADULT
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that a former house counselor for Progress Unlimited, Inc. has
been charged by Criminal Information with Neglect of a Vulnerable
Adult in the second degree and Reckless Endangerment for leaving
a developmentally disabled woman alone and unsupervised. Thomasina
Matthews, 23, of the 8000 block of Molley Road in Baltimore County
was charged in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday.
Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult in the second degree is a misdemeanor
punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $5,000.00 fine.
Reckless Endangerment is a misdemeanor punishable by up to five
years in prison and/or a $500.00 fine. A Criminal Information is
an accusation, and all persons are presumed innocent unless proven
This case is
being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, which has authority to prosecute abuse
or neglect in facilities that receive Medicaid funds.